Friday, 29 May 2015

Ipsy Review - May 2015 - Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? 4-5 beauty products every month

Ipsy is a San Francisco based beauty subscription that sends a beautiful Glam Bag filled with with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Once you've received your Glam Bag, you can head over to the Ipsy Community to watch tutorial videos and play along with the Ipsy stylists, using the same products they are using.

The theme for May is Jet Setter. 
Buckle up, buttercup. We'll bring the beauty essentials, and you bring the flair. Celeb status or not, we're flying first class to fabulous, and the sky's the limit. Jetlag is for amateurs. 
The pouch this month is a special edition mini makeup clutch by Breakups to Makeup. There were three versions available. You can see them all here. A full-size Breakups to Makeup clutch goes for $35, but Ipsters can save 20% using code IPSY20 at checkout.  

Luxie Beauty - Tapered Blending Eye Brush #205 ($12)
Coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution for minimal brush cleansing, your brush remains fresh and clean for longer periods of time.
This is a nice brush, but I don't have a need for it.

Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss (0.8g, $13.35)
Get primed and ready for action. Urban Decay's long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. 
I don't wear a lot of lip colour (other than neutrals) so this isn't for me. 

BelláPierre Cosmetics - Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony (full size, $14)
This super creamy mineral gel eyeliner formula provides effortlessly smooth application and intense pigment for amazing coverage and all day wear. Plus it’s waterproof so you’ll definitely be smudge-free!
I've been wanting to try waterproof eyeliner because the one I currently use smudges pretty badly by the end of the day.

AMIE - Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer (10ml, $1.20)
Morning Dew is a really light daily moisturizer that’s totally mineral oil-free and parabens-free. Quickly and easily absorbed into the skin, it gives skin all the hydration it needs while controlling shine and leaving a smooth, matte finish that’s a perfect base for make-up or facing the day or night ‘au naturel’! 
I use a matte moisturizer by Murad so I'm curious to try this one.

Briogeo - Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray (1oz, $3.92)
Multi-benefits: hydrates, reduces frizz, enhances manageability, strengthens hair, protects against UV rays & heat, and nourishes hair. 
I'm very happy to have this. It's going into my weekend bag for when I'm away from my house without conditioner, as happened this past weekend. D'oh!

My May Ipsy bag included five items, two of them full size, with an approximate retail value just under $44.50 (US$). I paid $18.58 CDN for this bag this month (the exchange rate is getting better!). It's a great value and there is a good mix of products, with cosmetics, hair, and skincare. I love the bag the best though. It's super cute and I will definitely be using it!

Click here to see my previous Ipsy reviews.
 
Click here to check out Ipsy and get your own Ipsy Glam Bag.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

SprezzaBox Review - May 2015 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? SprezzaBox
How Much? $34 per month, including shipping (US$). Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms.
What’s in it? 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item to help a man redefine his style experience.

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item. A typical box will have a tie, socks, an accessory and a grooming product. You may also be surprised with an occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other trendy product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!
Each box is chosen based on seasons, current fashion trends and most importantly the quality. Our head stylist personally hand picks, wears and styles the products before curating each box.
SprezzaBox has started naming their boxes. This one is called The Mercer Box and there were two versions available. Last month was The Rivington, and March was The York. I'm not sure where they get the names from, but those are all streets in New York and SprezzaBox is based there, so that's probably the source.

Product card and inserts.

This month Sprezza gives some suggestions on how to pair your accessories with casual looks. It's great that they acknowledge that not every guy wears a suit regularly.

First look

Weekend Casual Necktie ($20)
This is a great linen tie that is quite affordable and perfect for spring and summer. Sprezza suggests going casual with this tie by paring it with a chambray shirt.

Unsimply Stitched Socks ($12)
Argyle socks are my favourite and these blue and yellow ones are bright and fun.

Winners Circle Fashion Co. Falabella Square ($12)
Sprezza sees a pocket square as more than just an occasional finishing piece, but rather something that can be worn regularly to give any outfit a bit of extra character. They also note that your square should not match your tie, but it should complement the colours. This is my favourite look with the floral pocket square.

eShave Shaving Cream in White Tea (Sample)

Stock & Barrel Co. Leather Key Chain ($10)
Sprezza says it's time to ditch the bottle opener key chain and switch to something more refined. This handmade leather one is the perfect choice and eliminates pocket bulge!

The May SprezzaBox included five items to help you bring character and pizazz to your look this spring and summer. These pieces are simple, yet refined and they will help elevate your style, whether your look is casual or corporate. With Father's Day approaching, SprezzaBox could make a great gift for the stylish man in your life.

If you are ready to sign up, you can save 15% off your first box on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, or save 15% off your entire purchase in the Sprezza Store. Use promo code BOXADDICT15 at checkout to claim your discount.
Click here to check out SprezzaBox.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Bespoke Post Review - April 2015 "Charred" - Men's Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Bespoke Post Box of Awesome
How Much? $45 per month + tax, plus $10-20 shipping to Canada (US dollars)
What's in it? Fresh & interesting lifestyle brands for men built around a central, unique theme   

Bespoke Post is a lifestyle subscription box for men. Each month, Bespoke Post sends a new "Box of Awesome" - a box filled with a limited edition collection of products built around a specific theme. To complement the box, Bespoke posts how-to-videos, tips & tricks, and interviews with the makers. Their goal is to introduce men to something new. Many of the boxes could appeal to women as well, which is why I subscribe!

There were a few boxes available for April. I selected "Charred", a barbecue themed box. The warm weather has been gracing the shores of Vancouver for a couple weeks now, so I'm declaring it officially BBQ season!
Grilling is more than just a way to cook your ribeye. It's a celebration of the season, a way to enjoy the great outdoors, and a great excuse to fill a cooler and invite some company over.
To do it right, you'll need the essentials that can handle your food and withstand the open flame — plus some hidden aces to make your dinner especially delicious.





First Look

Lamson & Goodnow Walnut Handled Open Flame Essentials (~$80)
This is a really great quality BBQ set. Each piece is made from a single piece of hardened, tempered steel and inlaid with a walnut handle. Lamson & Goodnow backs their products with a lifetime warranty too! an identical 4-piece set is available from Bespoke for $105. The 4-piece set includes a carving knife, valued at $25, so without the knife, I figure this 3-piece set is easily worth $80. I'm not sure if I'm going to keepit or gift it to my Dad for Father's Day.

Klassen Wood Co. Maple Wood Chips (~$5)
I've never barbecued with wood chips but it seems pretty easy. Just soak them in water, then wrap in foil and throw them on the grill along with meat of your choice. These maple chips are said to provide a light and sweet flavour to pork and beef. These maple chips come from Canada too!

Ohhhh.... Bespoke Post says this sauce is a knockout on wings, pulled pork, scallops, chicken, or anything else coming off the grill. I bet it would be amazing with prawns. 

The April "Charred" box from Bespoke Post contained five items valued over $90. As with all Bespoke Post offerings, the quality of the products is exceptional. This box costs $45 US, plus shipping, so the value is fantastic. This would make a great box for anyone that enjoys grilling and the best part is that it's still available for purchase as a monthly mailing, or through the Bespoke Post shop. If you are interested in trying Bespoke Post, you can save 25% off your first box using promo code RESCUE at checkout. This code is valid for new subscribers only.

Click here to check out Bespoke Post.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

PawPak Review - April 2015 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? PawPak
How Much? $34.95/month + tax. Save on 3, 6, & 12 month plans. Shipping included.
What’s in it? A mix of toys, treats and other goodies for your furry friend 

PawPak is a Canadian subscription service for dogs. When you sign up, your furry friend will receive a box of toys, treats, and other goodies every month. PawPak is a family owned company, run by dog lovers. They are proud to be Canadian and in every box PawPak makes a point of including Canadian made products from Canadian companies.
I didn't take a picture of the product card this time, but the April box was all about Earth Day. All the products came tucked into this re-usable cotton tote. I try to use re-useable bags whenever I can, and this one has already been put to work.

Darford Treats Megabone in Mega P'Nut ($3.69)
This really is a mega bone! Darford is based in Vernon, BC.

Whimzees Hedgehog Dental Chew ($2.99)
These chews are so fun and the dogs love them.

Open Range Natural Pet Treats Beef Bully Braid (~$3)
Open Range is based in Abbotsford, BC! These bully braids are all-natural with no hormones, antibiotics, preservatives... just beef!

Hagen Dogit Eco Terra Frog Toy ($8.99)
This toy is made from sustainable bamboo. Maizy the Australian Shepherd got this one and enjoyed it quite a bit. It was small enough to toss around and had a squeaker to keep her interested.

Bonus - Canada Bandana (~$1)
This is a cute bandana with lots of Canadiana represented. It reminds me of my fun Fernando by Heys Canada suitcase. 

Earth Rated Poop Bags (1 roll, $1.75)
It's always great to get more biodegradable poop bags. I keep a roll in my car as well for on-the-go trash bags.

The April PawPak contained six products in a bonus total bag, all with an approximate retail value just over $27. It's not a very high value this month and it kind of feels like something is missing. A full size bag of treats would have made it a bit more substantial and increased the value. I like the Earth Day theme and am very impressed that they found so many earth-friendly dog products. The frog toy is pretty cool!

If you are interested in signing up for PawPak, use promo code cdnboxaddict to save 25% off your first month. Shipping is always free. If you are looking for a better value, consider trying a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to save even more. With a pre-paid 12 month subscription, each box is only $24.95 plus tax.

Click here to check out PawPak.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Birchbox Canada Review - May 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box + June Sneak Peek

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What is it? Birchbox Canada
How Much? $10/month plus $4.95 shipping, or $159.40/year including shipping (CDN $)
What’s in it? Five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile.

Birchbox is the premiere beauty sampling service in the US and it's the service that launched the entire beauty box craze. Established in New York in 2010 by two friends, Birchbox now has operations in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, and most recently, Canada!

It should be noted that the Canadian site is completely separate from the US site, as are their social media accounts. What you see promoted for US subscribers through Birchbox.com is not always available to Canadians through Birchbox.ca. The Canadian site doesn't offer all the cool perks and promos that the US site gets either (Birchbox Aces, Sample Choice, Limited Edition boxes etc). This is just a warning that if you are signing up based on what you see on the US Birchbox site, you will be very disappointed. To get an idea of what sort of samples you might receive from Birchbox.ca, scroll through the Birchbox CA shop and check out the brands. They've been adding more and more every month, but we still don't have as much variety.

One thing Birchbox US and Birchbox Canada have been doing in conjunction is the collaborations and specially designed boxes. Last month was Rifle Paper Co. (although I received a plain brown box) and this month the box is curated by lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman.
This month, we've partnered with Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere (fangirl moment: eee!) to add a touch of the extraordinary to your everyday routine.
I often wonder if these celebrity curated boxes actually are curated by celebrities... Plus, I was skeptical of this collaboration as soon as I read the product card and saw that it was just a glorified advertisement for Emily's new book, Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home. According to the card, the book is supposed to be for sale on Birchbox.ca, but it isn't.

Number4 Non-Aerosol Hair Spray (30ml, $5.10)
Styling resins provide flexible hold and shine while humidity resistance technology reduces frizz, even on the hottest summer days.
I don't use hairspray but with "humidity resistance technology", I may have to give it a try.

Not Soap Radio Body Wash in Joy Inducing (44ml, $2.19)
Exclusive-to-Birchbox “Joy Inducing” (formerly called "Happy Inducing") smells of lemon sugar. All are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and are never tested on animals.
The labels are so clever! I might buy more just for that.

Mirenesse Mattifying Lip Rouge in New York (1.7g, $7.04)
This velvety color is formulated to stay in place all day—no lip liner required! The mousse-like texture fills in fine lines for fuller lips while a proprietary blend of Gel-lite technology delivers vibrant color that doesn’t fade or feather.
This is a duplicate for me. I already received it, only two months ago in the March box. Not a good sign if they are already having to repeat samples. 

100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish in Aberdeen (0.5oz, $16)
These bright polishes get their color from natural fruit and vegetable pigments. They’re formulated without synthetic ingredients like chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, or detergents, and they’re never tested on animals.
I don't like this colour at all. 

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara  (~$6.75)
Pigment-rich minerals add color, while a signature blend of organic palm and sunflower extracts nourish and plump up wimpy lashes. The unique cascade brush shape precisely separates each lash while depositing the perfect amount of product to add length and thickness for a big, bold, highly defined look.
Here is a sample I actually like! It's something completely new to me. I haven't tried many W3LL PEOPLE products, and I'm always on the hunt for a decent mascara. (Value estimated, based on sample being approximately 1/4th of a full size.)

My May Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere collaboration box included five products with an estimated retail value just over $37 (CA). This box costs $14.95 per month, although I purchases a discounted year-long subscription, so my per-box cost is only $13.28. Based on that, it's a pretty good value. One product is full size and the others are deluxe samples. I received two makeup items, one body product, one hair product, and one nail product. It's a very good mix, which is actually unusual for Birchbox. Lately they've been body and hair heavy. The only true negative here is the duplicate product, but I might e-mail them about it, because I remember reading somewhere that they don't send duplicates.

For those that like sneak peeks, a preview has been released for June:

This month every box is guaranteed to include a full-size Eyeko eyeliner (hellooo, cat-eye!), plus two samples selected by The Tig, actress Meghan Markle's lifestyle blog.
 
If the spoiler interests you, sign up before June 15th to get the June box.

Click here to check out Birchbox Canada.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - June Theme Reveal + PROMO CODE!

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box
How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$)
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world
 
Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world. 

The June theme has been leaked and I am very, very excited!
The theme for June is "Entertain".
A few things that inspired this box: outdoor fun, family, and friends!


This is the perfect theme for an early summer box. I can't wait to see what's inside! If these theme reveal has piqued your interest, first time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout.

Click here to check out GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box.

Friday, 22 May 2015

BarkBox Review - April 2015 - Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? BarkBox
How Much? $29 per month, plus $5 shipping. Save big on 3, 6, and 12 month pre-paid subscriptions (US$).
What's in it? 4 or more products and presents for your dog

BarkBox is the original subscription box for dogs. I first subscribed to BarkBox in June 2013 and was very happy with the two boxes I received. BarkBox sends a monthly box of carefully selected products for your dog. Products may include toys, bones & all-natural treats, hygiene products, or innovative new gadgets. BarkBox also has a BarkShop so you can order more of your favourite products at a great rate.

I'm been wanting to do an updated review on BarkBox for quite a while. Along with a review, I also have a great story to share. BarkBox has referral program which awards you one free box for every new subscriber you refer. I cancelled my BarkBox subscription in July 2013, so I didn't think much about it, but this past October, I logged into my account to see that over the previous 18 months, I had earned over two dozen referral boxes! I knew I didn't need all those boxes myself and I remembered reading that, along with donating 10% of profits to animal rescue groups, BarkBox also offers subscribers the opportunity to donate their referral boxes. I contacted the folks at BarkBox to see what could be done and they were very happy and excited to help me out. They reactivated my account, set up a second subscription under my profile and arranged for the referral boxes to be sent to my local SPCA branch. The first box shipped in November 2014, so for the last 7 months, my local SPCA has been receiving this amazing gift thanks to BarkBox and all of the readers who signed up using my referral links. Not only that, but they are set to receive 25 more boxes! That's over two and half years of BarkBox, valued around $600 US, going to the SPCA in my community, all thanks to you guys! The BarkBox for a Good Cause program is pretty impressive and I'm grateful that through this blog, I was able to contribute.


 Now for the April box! The theme for April is "Fitness". 
Who said fitness couldn't be fun? Shed that winter weight with these healthy treats and workout friendly toys!
 Another cool feature of BarkBox is "Text-to-Reorder". Each item on the product card is assigned a "Reorder Code". When you are ready to purchase more of your pup's favourite product, simply text the code to the number listed on the card. BarkBox. You can also head over to the BarkShop to shop from any of the previous boxes.

Product Card 

Fabdog Boxing Gloves (Large, $16)
These are a BarkBox exclusive! I gifted them to Marshall, the giant Golden/Burmese cross and they were a hit. 


Health & Vitality Green Bark Gummies (4.2oz, $8)
These duck flavoured treats are grain-free and fortified with omega-3 rich chia!

Nootie LLC No Grainers Peanut Butter Pleasers (4oz, $7)
These are grain free soft peanut butter treats.

I somehow missed taking a solo photo of the next two items, but they are shown in the re-cap photo at teh bottom.

JW Pet Muscle Man Cuz (Medium, $5)
You can see it below in the final photo. It bounces like a ball and squeaks, but the feet and large size made it hard for Maizy the Australian Shepherd to pick it up. She lost interest pretty quick.

Etta Says Crunch Elk Chew ($3)
This chew is made from Elk and is safer to chew on than rawhide.

The April BarkBox contained five products, with a retail value of $39 US. This box costs $34 US including shipping, so it's just slightly more value received than cost paid. It's a great box of full size products, including toys and treats and they fit to the Fitness theme quite well. I prefer seeing a bit more variety, with a grooming product or some poop bags, but it's still a great box with plenty of items any dog would love. To get the most value out of BarkBox, I recommend signing up for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription so you can get a lower cost per box. On a 12-month term, each box is only $19, plus shipping.

If you are interested in trying BarkBox, they have offered an exclusive promo code for Canadian Box Addict readers. Get 1 FREE box with 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month subscriptions to BarkBox.com! Use code FREEBOXADDICT at checkout. Valid for new subscribers only, until May 26, 2015.

Click here to check out BarkBox.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Simple Loose Leaf Review - April 2015 - Tea Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Simple Loose Leaf
How much?  $15/month. Save on 3 and 6 month subscriptions. (US$)
What's in it?
4+ teas from around the world. Approximately 1/2 ounce of each variety.

Simple Loose Leaf is a tea subscription service that sends 4-5 pouches of tea each month from around the world. Each pouch contains approximately half an ounce of tea, and is enough for a full pot or several single serve cups. Upon subscribing, you also get a member ID code that allows you to get 50% off all teas ordered from the Simple Loose Leaf shop. 

I first reviewed Simple Loose Leaf in July 2014. Since then, Simple Loose Leaf has re-designed their website and changed the subscription model to make it more affordable.

Product Card

Each box includes two re-usable muslin tea bags. I prefer paper tea bags because I'm not really keen on rinsing out my tea bag after each use, but I appreciate the thought.

Taimu Mountain Green
A green tea from the slopes of the Taimu Mountains in Fujian, China. These delicate, unopened buds appear perfectly white against the young, opened green leaves. Look for a wildflower scent and a slightly dry finish.

Fujian Fine Black
Our fine leafed black tea comes from Fujian, China. Look for a naturally sweet cocoa not, with a deep fruitiness and a hint of spice. If you are looking for a soft sweet tea with a mineral finish and a smooth delicate astringency, you will love this black tea.

Jasmine Rooibos
Our Jasmine Rooibos tea comes from South Africa and is infused with the elegant and elicate scent of the night blooming jasmine flowers. Rooibos has a mellow and smooth taste with a wonderfully aromatic presence due to the Jasmine.

Nutty Mocha Mate
We present a Brazilian toasted mate with a mellow chicory note enhanced with the bold flavors of chocolate and hazelnut.

Tropical Green Rooibos
Green rooibos is a lighter bodied, un-oxidized version of the traditional "red tea". Our blend of passion fruit, mango and apricot will take you back to the beach.

The April offering from Simple Loose Leaf included five pouches of tea, originating from across the globe! I weighed each pouch and they range from 12-14 grams (0.42-0.49 ounces), so there is a fair amount of tea to last through the month. Simple Loose Leaf sells each variety for $6 per ounce, which means the value paid is pretty well equivalent to the value received. On top of that, subscribers get 50% off on store purchases, so if you find a tea you love and want more, you can get an ounce for only $3. It's an easy and affordable way to sample different teas from different regions.

Click here to check out Simple Loose Leaf.


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